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These resources remain entire, when the days of trouble

They remain with him in sickness, as in health ; in poverty, as in the midst of riches; in his dark and folitary hours, no less than when surrounded with friends and gay fociety. From the glare of prosperity, he can, without de jection, withdraw into the shade. Excluded from several advantages of the world, he may be obliged to retreat into a narrower circle; but within that circle he will find many comforts left His chief pleasures were always of the calm, innocent, and temperate kind ; and over these, the changes of the world have the least power.

His mind is a kingdom to him ; and he can still enjoy it. The world did not beltow upon him all his enjoyments; and therefore it is not in the power of the world, by its most cruel attacks, to carry them all away.

BLAIR.

CHAP. V.

PATHETIC PIECES.

SECTION I.

Rome saved by female virtue. CORIOLANUS was a distinguished Roman fenator and general, who had rendered eminent services to the republic. But these förvices were no fecurity against envy, and popu. lar prejudoes. He was at length treated with great severity and ingratitude, by the senate and people of Rome ; and obliged to leave his country to preserve his life. Of a haughty and indignant spirit, he resolved to avenge himself; and, with this view, applied to the Volscians, the enemies of Rome, and tendered them his services against his native country. The offer was cordially embraced, and Coriola. nus was made general of the Volscian army. He recovered from the Romans all the towns they had taken from the Volsci ; carried by assault several cities in Latium : and led his troops within five miles of the city of Rome.

After several unsuccessful embaflies from the senate, all hope of pacifying the injured exile appeared to be extinguished ; and the fole business at Rome was to prepare, with the utmolt diligence, for sustaining a fiege. The young and able bodied men had instantly the guard of the gates and trenches alligned to them ; while those of the veterans,

who, though exempt by their age from bearing arms, were yet capable of service, undertook the defence of the ram. parts. The women, in the mean while, terrified by these movements, and the impending danger, into a neglect of their wonted decorum, ran tumultuously from their houses to the temples. Every fanctuary, and especially the tenple of Jupiter Capitolinus, resounded with the wailings and loud fupplications of women, prolrate before the ftatues of ch divinities. In this general consternation and distress, Valeria, (Gister of the famous Valerius Poplicola,) as if mov. ed by a divine impulse, suddenly took her {tand upon the top of the steps of the temple of Jupiter, assembled the women about her, and having first exhorted them not to be terrified by the greatness of the present danger, confidently declared, “ That there was yet hope for the republic ; that its preservation depended upon them, and upon their performance of the duty they owed their country

"" Alas !" cried one of the company, “ what resource can there be in the weakness of wretched women, when our bravest men, our ablelt warriors themselves defpair ?"-" It is not by the sword, nor by strength of arm," replied Valeria, “ that we are to prevail; these belong not to our sex. Soft moving words must be our weapons and our force. Let us all, in our mourning attire, and accompanied by our children, go and entreat Veturia, the mother of Coriolanus, to intercede with her son for our common country. Veturia's prayers will bend his soul to pity. Haughty and implacable as he has hitherto appeared, he has not a heart so cruel and obdurate, as not to relent, when he shall see his mother, his re. vered, his beloved mother, a weeping suppliant at his feet."

This motion being universaliy applauded, the whole train of women took their way to Veturia's house. Her son's wife, Volumnia, who was fitting with her when they arrive ed, and was greatly surprised at their coming, hastily asked them the meaning of fo extraordinary an appearance. " What is it,” said she, " what can be the motive that has brought so numerous a company of visiters to this house of forrow ?"

Valeria then addressed herself to the mother : you, Veturia, that these women have recourse in the extreme peril, with which they and their children are threatened. They entreat, implore, conjure you, to compaflion. ate their distress, and the distress of our common country. Suffer not Rome to become a prey to the Volsci, and our

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enemies to triumph over our liberty. Go to the camp of Coriolanus : take with you Volumnia and her two sons: let that excellent wife join her intercession to yours. Per. mit these women with their children to accompany you; they will all cait themselves at his feet. O Vernria, conjure him to grant peace to his fellow-citizens. Cease not to beg till you have obtained. So good a man can never withstand your tears. Our only hope is in you.

Come, then, Veturia : the danger presses ; you have no time for deliberation ; the enterprise is worthy of your virtue ; Heaven will crown it with success ; Rome shall once more owe its preservation to our sex. You will justly acquire to yourself an immortal fame, and have the pleasure to make every one of us a sharer in yâur glory."

Veturia, after a short filence, with tears in her eyes, anfwered : “ Weak indeed is the foundation of your hope, Valeria, when you place it in the aid of two miserable wo.

We are not wanting in affection to our country, nor need we any remonftrance or entreaties to excite our zeal for its preservation. It is the power only of being ferviceable that fails us. Ever since that unfortunate hour, when the people in their madness fo unjustly banished Coriolanus, his heart has been no less estranged from his family than from his country. You will be convinced of this fad truth by his own words to us at parting. When he returned home from the affembly, where he had been condemned, he found us in the depth of affliction, bewailing the miseries that were sure to follow our being deprived of so dear a fon, and so excellent a husband. We had his children upon our knees. He kept himself at a distance from us ; and, when he had a while lood' silent, motionless as a rock, his eyes fixed, and without shedding a tear ; " 'lis done,” he faid, O mother, and thou Volumnia, the best of wives, to you Marcius is no more. I am banished hence for my affection to my country, and the services I have done it. 1

go this instant ; and I leave forever a city, where all good men are profcribed. Support this blow of fortune with the magnanimity that becomes women of your high rank and virtue. I commend my children to your care. Educate them in a manner worthy of you, and of the race from which they come. Heaven grant, they may be more fortunate than their father, and never fall short ot him in virtue ; and may you in them find your confolation ! Farewell.'

“ We started up at the found of this word, and with loud cries of lamentation ran to him to receive his last embraces. I led his elder fon by the hand, Volumnia had the younger in her arms. He turned his eyes from us, and putting us back with his hand, Mother,' said he, from this moment you have no son ; our country has taken from you the stay of your old age.-Nor to you, Volumnia, will Marcius be henceforth a husband; mayelt thou be happy with another, more fortunate! My dear children, you have lost your father.

" He said no more, but instantly broke away from us. He departed from Rome without settling his domestic affairs, or leaving any orders about them ; without money, without servants, and even without letting us know to what part of the world he would direct his steps. It is now the fourth year since he went away ; and he has never inquired after his family, nor, by letter or messenger, given us the least account of himself; fo that it seems as if his mother and his wife were the chief objects of that general hatred which he shows to his country.

“ What success then can you expect from our entreaties to a man so implacable? Can two women bend that stubborn heart, which even all the ministers of religion were not able to soften ? And indeed what shall I say to him ? What can I reasonably desire of him ? that he would par. don ungrateful citizens, who have treated him as the vileft eriminal ? that he would take compassion upon a furious, unjust populace, which had no regard for his innocence ? And that he would betray a nation, which has not only opened him an asylum, but has even preferred him to her most illustrious citizens in the command of her armies? With what face can I ask him tu abandon such generous protectors, and deliver himself again into the hands of his most bitter enemies ? Can a Reman mother, and a Roman wife with decency exact from a fon and a husband compliances which must dilhonour him before both gods and men ? Mournful circumstance, in which we have not power to hate the most formidable enemy of our country! Leave us therefore to our unhappy destiny ; and do not defire us to make it more unhappy by an action that may cast a blemifh upon our virtue."

The women made no answer but by their tears and entreaties.

Some embraced her knees; others befeeched Volumnia to join her prayers to theirs, all conjured Veturia not to refuse her country this last alistance. Overcome at length by thôr urgent solicitations, the promised to do as they desired.

The very next day all the most illustrious of the Roman women repaired to Veturia's houfe. There they presently mounted a number of chariots, which the consuls had ordered to be made ready for them, and without any guard, took the way to the enemy's camp.

Coriolanus, perceiving from afar that long train of chariots, sent out some horsemen to learn the design of it. They quickly brought him word, that it was his mother, his wife, and a great number of other women, and their children, coming to the camp.

He doubtlefs conjectured what views the Romans had in so extraordinary a deputation ; that this was the latt expedient of the senate; and, in his own mind, he determined not to lec himself be moved. But he reckoned upon a favage inflexibility that was not in his nature : for, going out with a few attendants to receive the women, he no sooner beheld Veturia, attired in mourning, her eyes bathed in tears, and with a countenance and motion that spoke her linking under a load of sorrow, than he ran hastily to her; and not only calling her, mother, but adding to that word the most tender epithets, embraced her, wept over her, and held her in his arms to prevent her falling. The like tenderness he presently after expressed to his wife, highly commending her discretion in having constantly remained with his mother, fince bis de. parture from Rome.

And then, with the warmelt paternal affection, he caressed his children.

When some time had been allowed to those filent tears of joy, which ofcen flow.plenteously at the sudden and unexpected meeting of persons dear to each other, Veturia entered upon the business she had undertaken. forcible appeals to his understanding and patriotism, lhe exclaimed, " What frenzy, what madness of anger transports my fon! Heaven is appeased by fupplications, vows and facrifices ! shall mortals be implacable? Will Marcius fet no bounds to his resentment? But allowing that thy enmity to thy country is too violent to let thee listen to her petition for peace ; yet be not deaf, my son, be not inexorable to the prayers and tears of thy mother. Thou dreadest the very appearance of ingratitude towards the Volsci ; and shall thy mother have reason to accuse thee of being un. grateful ? Call to mind the tender care I took of thy infan

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